Souvenance (2CD)

Anouar Brahem

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Jazz, World Music
January 12, 2015

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The music of 'Souvenance', by turns graceful, hypnotic, and taut and starkly dramatic, was recorded in 2014 - six years after oud-master Anouar Brahem's last ECM album, 'The Astounding Eyes of Rita' (1798628).

"It took a long time to write this music," he acknowledges, noting that his emotional world had been usurped by the unfolding story of political upheaval sweeping first through Tunisia then through the neighbouring countries. Extraordinary waves of change, accompanied by great hopes and fears. "I don't claim a direct link between my compositions and the events taking place in Tunisia," says Anouar, "but I have been deeply affected by them."

New directions for the music find pianist Fran?ois Couturier returning to the Brahem group, frequently supported by subtle string orchestration. The strings (the distinguished Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana) have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing shimmering texture against which the compelling contributions of the quartet members - and, above all, Anouar Brahem's unique oud-playing - stand out in bold relief.

'Souvenance' translates as "remembrance", but the album - like the individual track titles - was named retrospectively. The double CD was recorded at the Lugano studio in May 2014, and was produced by Manfred Eicher.

Personnel: Anouar Brahem (oud), François Couturier (piano), Klaus Gesing (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone), Björn Meyer (bass), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Pietro Mianiti (conductor)

Press Quotes

(5 stars) The marvellously empathetic strings are like active observers watching and serving the small group's every whim and they do this expertly...a memorable album of Brahem's music that deserves the highest praise.

Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), January 9, 2015

(4 stars) Oud maestro Brahem's quartet is close to orchestral itself, the combination of instruments helping to create yet another success for one of contemporary music's greatest, yet persistently undervalued stars.

The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), January 18, 2015

(4 stars) Brahem breaks several years' silence with this two-disc set, a meditation on the Arab Spring...It reunites him with Francois Couturier, whose piano was at the heart of Brahem's Le Pas Du Chat Noir...Melancholy strings deepen the sound.

Financial Times, (David Honigmann), January 9, 2015

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Key Value
Catalogue number 3797776
Barcode 0602537977765
Number of items 2
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 128g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Improbable day -
2. Ashen sky -
3. Deliverance -
4. Souvenance -
5. Tunis at dawn -
6. Youssef's song -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. January -
2. Like a dream -
3. On the road -
4. Kasserine -
5. Nouvelle vague, var. -